“I’M SORRY’, JUST DOESN’T CUT IT!” Sunday Sermonette

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”  Colossians 3:13 NIV   Read:   Colossians 3: 12-17   Has someone mumbled a half-hearted “I’m sorry” and it came across as insincere or was said only because they felt obligated to say it?   It is disappointing when this happens.   But, what if it was you who mumbled those insincere words?  When you are in error or have wronged someone in business, financially, personally or emotionally, do you accept your responsibility of making good on your wrong?   Of course, it starts with saying you are sorry.  Those words can start the healing process, but they do not need to be mumblings.  Your words need to be from the heart with the very best intentions.  But, there is more.  Your actions need to reflect your well chosen words.   When you say you are sorry, enforce your request for forgiveness with actions.   This is the time to act.  Show the person you offended how sincere you are.  Make amends.   Undo the wrong you committed.   Doing something to reverse your previous actions will not always be easy.   Correcting your mistake will likely be much, much more difficult than if you had done the right thing in the first place.   Now, you must not only right the wrong, but also remove the stigma of the wrong you put on someone else.  Give back more…much more…than you took or pain caused.  Accept full responsibility and be generous in your restitution.   How do you do these things?   Start...

“LOST AND REFUSING TO ADMIT IT?” Wednesday Minute

 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”  Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV   Read:   Proverbs 3:1-8 It is a common assumption in our society that men refuse to ask directions and will drive in circles for hours while looking for their destination.   Even with GPS in our cars, there are times we don’t even trust it and rely on our own judgment…or lack of judgment…while driving a lost course.   If the scenario is true to you or not, we all can be so self dependent we rely on our own mindsets instead of asking for assistance from someone who knows better.   GOD warned us of this destructive quality in our sin nature.  Our self dependence is so great at times it destroys our reasoning and our ability to think and act logically.   Our misguided value of our own abilities can separate us from our HEAVENLY FATHER.   Are you lost?   Has your own trust in your abilities destroyed your faith and trust in our TRIUNE GOD?   Do you not need GOD anymore?   Or do you need HIM only when you decide?   We all need to trust GOD in all things.   Our selfish independence is a wedge dividing us from our LORD.   We need to take all our thoughts and decisions to HIM before we take action.   And, not just the big things.  GOD wants to hear our prayers ‘continually’.   “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you...

“DON’T EVER COMPROMISE!” Sunday Sermonette

“What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said.”  2Corinthians: 6:16 NIV   Read:   2Corinthians 6: 14-18   Have you ever been in a disagreement and decided a compromise was the best solution?   Was it?   Chances are you were not happy with the solution or you actually got your way and the other person was disappointed.  Usually, with a compromise, it is lop-sided and there is a very clear winner and loser.   Instead, find a solution that does not benefit either, but both can agree with and accept.   An example could be, a couple needs a new car.  He wants bright red and she wants baby blue.   Neither would be happy with the other’s choice.   But, both would be happy with a silver grey.   Coming to mutual terms avoids the problems created by compromise.   Settling differences by mutual agreement allows both to get some of what they wanted equally and there is no loser.   Don’t compromise your faith.   Your faith is a relationship with GOD alone.  If you compromise even a small part of your faith, you are abandoning GOD.   When you turn your back on GOD, you are turning to Satan in some manner.   You can’t have it both ways.   From Genesis to Revelation, GOD gives us HIS statutes with real examples of how others have and have not obeyed.   There are no compromises in GOD’S Word, just the truth…the whole truth and nothing but the truth.   Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, LORD, for giving me direction...

“STOP! DON’T TRY THAT!” Wednesday Minute

“By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.”   Hebrews 11:29 NIV   Read:   Hebrews 11   Have you ever tried to do something and failed at it?   Of course!  In fact, everything you have tried to do, you have failed.   You see there is a world of difference in trying and doing.   When you try, you fail.   When you do, you do.  As complex as some things are, it is that simple.  Trying is trying.  Doing is doing.  By definition, trying is attempting.   When you attempt, you never complete the task…you attempt it.   When you clean your house, you clean it.  You don’t try to clean it.  You house is clean because you did not try to clean it you did it.  When you study scripture, you study GOD’S word.   You don’t try to study.   You do it.   When you love someone, you don’t try to love them.   You love them with all your heart and soul.  Being a Christian is being a Christian.   It is not trying to be.   Doing is knowing you will be successful because you have faith.   Our sin nature will cause us to fail sometimes.  But, failure when you are doing what you should be doing is much better than failing because of constantly trying over and over.   It is more than just attitude.   It is faith.  It is depending upon our TRIUNE GOD to help you along.  You can try on your own or you can have faith and...

“IMMEDIATE ANSWERS TO PRAYERS!” Sunday Sermonette

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”  Genesis 50:20 NIV   Read:   Genesis 50:15-26   How would you like to pray to GOD and know that HE has heard you by answering your prayer immediately?   When you ask for that new car or your boss giving you a huge raise, GOD gives it to you.   When you have an illness or are suffering in pain, GOD makes it all go away.   While GOD can put things in order to give you a new car, a raise, heal your illness or take your pain away immediately, these are not the answered prayers HE promised.   GOD will answer your prayers that serve HIS purpose, not what you decide you need or what you want.   Your laundry list of wants may not be…probably are not…the things GOD has in store for you.   What you may believe are unanswered prayers are really answered prayers.   GOD says ‘no’.   We need to understand that ‘no’ is an immediate answer to our prayers at the time.   Yes, GOD allows suffering and disappointments for HIS greater purpose.   We are not GOD and we do not have the wisdom or knowledge of GOD and lack the understanding of what GOD’S greater plan is.  But, we can accept HIS plan.   Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers.  But, unknown to them and him, he was exactly where GOD wanted him to be to fulfill a greater need.  He suffered and was falsely accused and jailed for...